Posted by Paul Grimwood on Mar, 15 2017

Ruby Wax Teams Up With Marks & Spencer to launch Frazzled Cafe

Retailer Marks & Spencer joins forces with mental health campaigner Ruby Wax to launch Frazzled Cafe in its stores.

Ruby Wax for Marks and Spencer To combat mental health, M&S is to host fortnightly talk-in sessions where people who are feeling "frazzled" can meet to talk and share their personal stories in a safe, anonymous and non-judgmental environment. Over the next few months, eleven M&S stores are hosting Frazzled Cafe meetings, with three in London alongside Brighton, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Cambridge, Nottingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Canterbury and Norwich. More locations are set to be added throughout the year. RELATED: Marks & Spencer Teams Up With Dermot O’Leary Founded by comedian and TV presenter Ruby Wax, the Frazzled cafes are currently in 11 Marks & Spencers stores across the UK. Ruby Wax comments, "Frazzled Cafe is about people coming together to share their stories, calmly sitting together, stating their case and feeling validated as a result. Feeling heard, to me, has always been half the cure. It's special to get a company like M&S on-board. I'm grateful for the set-up support they've given us and access to their café network is a huge boost." The Frazzled site states, "It's not just for the one-in-four of us who will suffer from mental illness at some point in our lives; it is for the four-in-four feeling frazzled and overwhelmed by the stresses of modern life. "Frazzled Cafe provides a safe, anonymous and non-judgemental environment where people who are feeling frazzled can meet on a regular basis to talk and share their personal stories." M&S retail director Sacha Berendji said, "This is a simple, pressure-free way of tackling what can be a taboo subject – feeling stressed. "We hope that by providing free and calm venues after the cafe has closed, we can help any members of the community who simply need to talk about things and what's happening in their lives." Save